Drilling accurate holes is the job for drill presses. It also doubles as a power-mortising machine when it is outfitted with a
mortising attachment. One often-overlooked function of the drill
press is that is can be a phenomenal sanding system. There are
pneumatic and flexible sanding drum attachments that use an
endless variety of abrasives.
Be sure to set the drill press to the proper speed for the various
bits, tools and jigs. A good ambient air cleaner is a handy tool
to have nearby to catch the fine dust.
The new laser X centering lines are fantastic! Plus new drill press table innovations allow
for X and Y table tilting. Perfect for chair making applications. New table designs have “t”
slots for clamp use and mounting jigs and fixtures. Table redesigns are ribbed so clamping
around the table edges is much easier. Drill presses have now entered the 21st century!
Always select the right drill press speed to match the bit. Refer to the
manual’s speed chart.
I like to use clamps to secure work pieces to the table before drilling.
Specialty Tool Tip:
The mortising attachment is a perfect way to make mortises on the drill
press. Set the drill bit in the mortising chisel 1/8” deeper that the lowest
edge of the chisel. This gives the chisel room to work.
Vise like clamps can be inserted directly in the new “t” slots for fast and
easy work piece holding.
Large diameter drill bits and forsterner bits have to be run at the proper
reduced speed settings.